Wichita 'swatting' suspect wanted for similar incident in Canada

Cheryl Sanders
January 12, 2018

A California man accused in the fatal "swatting" case in Kansas has now been charged for a similar hoax in Canada.

Police in Calgary said in a news release that warrants have been issued for Tyler Barriss, 25, who is charged with public mischief, fraud and mischief.

The Sun reports Calgary 911 received a call from a man who claimed he had shot his father and was holding his mother and younger brother hostage. The caller allegedly led officers to believe the incident occurred in the 2300 block of 17b Street S.W. Tactical unit and patrol officers attended the home and evacuated nearby units.

"While officers were on scene trying to confirm the reported information, Calgary 911 received another call from a female who lived at the address, who believed she was the victim of a swatting call", reads the release.

WATCH: Police in Los Angeles have arrested a man they suspect made a bogus 911 call that led to another man's death thousands of kilometres away in Kansas.

The call was similar to the one authorities say Barris made to Wichita Police, leading them to the home of Andrew Finch.

"During this incident, a substantial amount of police resources were required to contain the scene and protect the safety of citizens", a Calgary police statement said. The woman exited the home and officers confirmed the initial report of a shooting and hostage situation was false, police said.

He was unarmed, but Wichita Police say an officer fired, thinking Finch was reaching for a weapon. Calgary Police's cyber/forensics unit identified Barriss as the suspect, as he had been in contact with the woman earlier that day.

Police and the FBI are investigating whether that prank call was prompted by an online gaming dispute, according to The Associated Press.

Authorities have said Barriss had earned a reputation among online gamers as someone willing to make fake bomb and hoax shooting calls to police. The 25-year-old is in custody in Los Angeles awaiting a handover to Kansas to stand trial for a fatal incident on December 28.

SWATting has also targeted celebrities like Rihanna, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus.

Barriss is facing a charge of false alarm in Kansas.

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